Since a couple of weeks I have this beautiful Lakland 55-94 Deluxe. It really is a very nice bass, natural finish, 5A quilted top, bird's eye board. There are a few things I really do not like: * The preamp: I do not like the "bass" control. Cranked up a bit is doesn't give me the extra lows I am looking for! The lows are too undefined for my taste. It's more like a WHOOMMPP than a tight air movement. I have set the internal volume pot at MAX so I do not have to boost the lows too much. I guess the combination of low output Bartolini pick-ups and the VERY active preamp is why the bass keeps it's passive-like tone at a high volume. Correct me if I am wrong! * The strings: The bass is still equipped with the original Lakland strings. They feel great but I think they sound OK when played with a soft touch. But when you really dig in they sound terrible! It seems to very hard to find 35" 5 string sets that will fit AND sound good. Recommendations needed PLEASE!! That's it! Feel free to give me your experiences / comments. Best regards, Werner Douwes.